A year after suffering its worst performance in recent memory, the New York Giants’ offensive line, which brought in two projected new veteran starters in Geoff Schwartz at left guard and J.D. Walton at center, is hoping to become a strength of the offense.
While it looked as though the new offensive line—which was missing right guard Chris Snee (elbow) and left tackle Will Beatty (leg) for most of the spring—is coming along, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said, “I don’t know how much you can tell when you’re in gym shorts when it comes to the offensive line.
“They have to put pads on, they have to put their eyes on a landmark and they have to block. You don’t have to do it one day; you have to be consistent in what you’re doing.”
Flaherty is working with an offensive line group that has a good mix of experience and youth. Besides Schwartz and Walton, the team added veterans John Jerry and Charles Brown and drafted center Weston Richburg in the second round.
“We all understand in most businesses that there is going to be change on sometimes a daily basis, most of the time on a yearly basis and that’s the profession that we’re in right now,” Flaherty said.
Unfortunately, those who continue to rehab have made it hard for the unit to gel on the field.
Beatty is recovering from a broken leg suffered in the regular season finale last year; Snee has had some issues with his surgically repaired elbow; and Jerry had his knee scoped earlier in the spring.
“They’re guys that have played, but I surely understand that they’re rehabbing some injuries so we have to be patient with that,” Flaherty said, adding that he was hopeful of having all of his guys available for training camp.
Despite all the changes and question marks on his unit, which, like the rest of the offense is learning a new system, Flaherty is optimistic that the unit will once again become a strength.
“The offensive line is still learning the new system so there are some growing pains there but we hope in training camp that each day is going to be a better day for all of those guys,” he said.